December ’07

December 2007 was a slow month for the Game Maker Community, but here are some of the more noteworthy events:

YYG and the Open Web Awards

After some initial arguing, YoyoGames was nominated to participate in Mashables.com’s Open Web Awards contest, but lost out to CafeMom in the Niche and Miscellaneous Social Networks catergory.

Releases

GMTech Magazine Issue 9

Another packed issue

MarkUp Magazine Issue 10

The biggest issue to date, Issue 10 is heavy on development articles, with some especially interesting highlights like

GMTV Episode 2

GMTV seems to be getting better an better, and though there is still much room for improvement, this Episode (consisting mostly of game reviews) is worth watching. GMTV also has a new website.

MarkUP Magazine Issue 11

A so-called mini-issue, centered around the GMRace results. Unfortunately, this issue doesn’t seem to have been proofread. (I counted 10 grammar errors in the description of The Meltdown alone.) This issue also includes some game reviews and an interview about the development of Ark 22.

GMRace Results

The GMRace results are in! The winner is The Meltdown, with 61% of the vote. Second was Triton with 24%, and after that was Mount Contradiction (9%), Orbiter (4%), and Freeze, Melt, Vaporize (2%).

YoyoGames Winter Competition

The Winter Competition is now closed, and it’s up to the community and judges to decide among the entries. Contest information and the top four entries can be found here.

2007 has been a very rocky year for Game Maker, but with YYG stabilizing and contests galore, 2008 is looking good. Look forward to Game Maker on Macs as well as some new competition to Game Maker.

HelpDesk Down

The YoyoGames Mojo Helpdesk account has been suspended; no further information is available at this time. UPDATE: According to some, the helpdesk has been suspended because the YYG staff was on holiday break.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us at Scorptek!

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Mashables Makes Up

A few weeks ago, Jim Peddie of YoyoGames asked in a GLOG entry for users to nominate YYG in the Open Web Awards (run by Mashables.com). Many users enthusiastically went to the site and nominated, easily pulling ahead of most of the other entries.

However, the two most popular entries, YoyoGames and Cre8buzz, were removed from the nominations because Adam Hirsch of Mashables thought that the sites were gaming the system, due to several entries posted from the same IP address.

Yesterday Jim from YoyoGames posted a topic on the GMC about the issue, and wrote an open letter to Mashables asking why YoyoGames and Cre8buzz were not nominated. After some heated discussion, Hirsch apologized for what he called “bad judgement”. The arguing didn’t stop however, until Mark Overmars made a post which asked GMC and YYG members to stop attacking Hirsch and tried to change the subject. Hirsch replied thanking him and said that Mashables was talking with Cre8buzz and YoyoGames about the issue.

Earlier today, Adam Hirsch posted again saying that YoyoGames and Cre8buzz will be allowed to proceed in the contest, after which Jim Peddie closed the GMC topic and added this note to the GLOG entry:

In any event this is a great result. The vote opens on Monday, so I’ll post again then meanwhile tell everyone you know they want to vote for YoYo (From different IP addresses!).